So I wanted a stand up computer desk for a couple of reasons. Firstly that I've been spending too much time wasting away at my computer mindlessly clicking through one website after another. Secondly, I've been reading a lot lately about how sitting and sedentary lifestyles are incredibly unhealthy and I want to lead a healthier lifestyle. As a happy bonus I got a lot of my living room real estate back!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
Materials: 2 Shelf racks 4- 16" brackets 6- #12-2 screws 1- 72"x12"x1" board Total ~$70 I picked up all my stuff at Lowe's Tools: Power drill Table saw Level Pencil Safety pin
Step 2: Finding the Stud
This was a lot easier than I expected. I simply tapped on the wall listening for the solid sound as opposed to the hollow sound. Then when I got the sound I was looking for I tested with a safety pin.
Step 3: Mounting the Rail
Once I've located the stud I drilled a pilot hole and then screwed in the first screw through the top of the rail, but not all the way in. Letting the rail hang loose I used a level to make sure it was straight up and down. When level I drilled the two remaining pilot holes and screwed the remaining screws for this side in. Then I drilled the entire rail flush to the wall. Using the level again I set the other rail in place and set the level across the top and marked the placement for the other pilot hole. I then repeated the entire process of mounting the rail.
Step 4: Cut the Shelves
This part is pretty simple. Using a table saw I cut the 72" board into two 36 inch boards.
Step 5: Put It All Together
I put the shelf brackets into the rails, put the boards on the brackets and started putting my living room back together. I eventually plan to fix the shelves in place with screws and possibly sand and stain them. For now though I'm happy with it.